Williamsfield Duo Incarcerated Following Meth Fire

sheriffThe Knox County Sheriff’s Department arrested a couple from Williamsfield this past Wednesday, following reports of a fire inside the couple’s residence.

Authorities responded to the 100 block of North Chestnut Street at approximately 3:45 AM Wednesday morning.

According to a press release, a 9-1-1 call was reportedly made by the homeowner, 85-year old Joyce Stodgel after her carbon monoxide detector alerted her that a fire had taken place in the basement of her home.

It was determined by law enforcement, that various methamphetamine manufacturing materials were inside the home, and that the cause of the fire due to the manufacture of meth.

42-year-old Penny J. Hendrickson, and 50-year-old Richard L. Boynton, both of Williamsfield, were arrested at the scene. Each faces a handful of charges including possession of meth manufacturing materials, unlawful use of property in meth manufacturing, unlawful possession, and two counts of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing.

Authorities are continuing to investigate, and more arrests are pending. Hendrickson and Boynton remain in Knox County Jail, Hendrickson on $100,000 bond, and Boynton on $250,000 bond. Both are scheduled to appear in Knox County Circuit Court for a first hearing May 27th at 11 a.m.

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